Daily Archives: September 27, 2010

Considerations on the 1983 versus 1917 Code

Lately, one of the things that’s been popping up in the Islam-West Culture War is the concept of veils-whether having any kind of veil at all or complete head-to-toe covering. You see headlines about schools taking field trips to mosques and girls refusing to wear veils.

You know, just 40+ years ago, Catholic women were required to veil their heads in church, and arguably, anywhere in public.

And there are those who use a Calhounian argument that for anything not explicitly mentioned in the 1983 Code of Canon Law, the 1917 Code should be presumed to be at least the more preferable option.

But that raises one of many questions about “the Spirit of Vatican II” and “the changes of Vatican II.” The Vatican II Code of Canon Law was not published until 1983–20 years after the Council.

Presumably, the 1917 Code was still in force until the 1983 Code was issued. Yet women stopped wearing mantillas *long* before the 1983 Code was issued, and many of the other policies reflected in the 1983 Code were in place long before the Code took effect.

This is an honest question: would someone like to explain why between 1965 and 1983 it was OK to ignore the 1917 Code?

Novena to St. Therese, Day 6

A Treasury of Prayers to St. Therese of Lisieux

Thou, servant of God, St. Therese of the Child Jesus, who in thy dying moments didst say: I will spend my heaven in doing good upon earth, hasten to let fall upon me a shower of roses that I too may be inflamed with that fire of love which burned so brilliantly in thy breast and which brought thee so gloriously to the arms of Jesus, my Lord and my God. Amen.

St. Therese, the Little Flower, please pick me a rose from the heavently garden and sent it to me with a message of love. Ask God to grant me the favor I thee implore and tell Him I will love Him each day more and more:
[State Request. I am asking this Novena for the ongoing intentions of our job and housing situations, the repair of my van, and the intentions of my friends, especially Jim and Ruby, Sharon, Lorelei, Leslie and Lynne]

O God, who have said, “Unless you change and become as little children, you shall not enter the the kingdom of Heaven,” grant, we beseech thee, that we may walk in the footsteps of Thy blessed virgin Therese, with humility and singleness of heart, so as to attain the reward you have promised to little children. We ask this through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Flos Carmeli

Obeautiful Flower of Carmel, Most fruitful vine, Splendor of Heaven, Holy and Singular, Who brought forth
the Son of God, still ever remaining a pure Virgin, Assist us in our necessities. O Star of the Sea, Help and protect us. Show us that you are our Mother. Amen.

Mother and Ornament of Carmel, pray for us!
Patroness of all who wear the Scapular, pray for us!
Hope of all who die wearing the Scapular, pray for us!
St. Joseph, Chaste Spouse of Mary, pray for us!
St. Joseph, our Patron, pray for us!
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Novena to Child Jesus

O Jesus, Who hast said,
ask and you shall receive,
seek and you shall find,
knock and it shall be opened to you,
through the intercession of Mary,
Thy Most Holy Mother,
I knock, I seek,
I ask that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who hast said,
all that you ask of the Father in My Name,
He will grant you.
Through the intercession of Mary,
Thy most Holy Mother,
I humbly and urgently ask Thy Father
in Thy Name that my prayer be granted.

(Make your request)

O Jesus, Who hast said,
“Heaven and earth shall pass away
but My word shall not pass”,
through the intercession of Mary,
Thy Most Holy Mother,
I feel confident that my prayer will be granted.

(Make your request)